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Pretense/Recycling Times

2011 New Plays Selection 2011, commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival Pretense -- Yan Yu An older man from Hong Kong began an intense relationship with a young woman in Shanghai – a relationship with devastating consequences for them both. A decade later, haunted by memories and personal desolation, they face the impossibility of love and redemption. The story of their life-changing encounter is set against the background of two Chinese metropolises, both undergoing drastic social and economic changes. Yan Yu earned her MFA in Playwriting from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2009. Her plays include Chung Ying Theatre’s Daguomin Qisi Ji, Playwright Scheme’s Dragonfly and Cinematic Theatre’s Mainly Cloudy with Mist, Sunny Periods. Recycling Times -- Harriet Chung Yin-sze “Chung’s writing is sharp and intelligent” -- South China Morning Post Can too much knowledge be a dangerous thing? Inspired by Bohumil Hrabal’s novel Too Loud a Solitude but with a Hong Kong twist, this play relates the depressing life of Ah Tat, an intellectual who works in a recycling dump, compressing literary works along with garbage into bales of recycled paper. It is a job he at once loves and loathes. This thought-provoking tale will leave you with more questions than answers.

276 pages | 4.75 x 7.25


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